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Edmonton’s outdoor Stations of the Cross takes a virtual route for another year


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Edmonton’s annual outdoor Stations of the Cross has been held virtually for another year due to “ongoing concerns” about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The event typically draws hundreds of Edmonton religious to the city’s downtown core on Good Friday for a march focused on faith and the fight for a more just society.

“It began when people came out from inside their individual churches and buildings and gathered in the streets of our downtown to publicly witness and commit to Jesus and his relevant teachings on the issues of our time. Stations of the Cross Organizing Committee member Kathy Reith said in this year’s video.

The virtual event was presented in video format with organizers and community members speaking at six “stations”. Participants typically wore a large cross and visited physical stations throughout the annual march.

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This year’s theme was “Awaken to Grace: Embracing the World in its Sufferings” and Reith said each station provides theme-related reflections in our current concerns, what Jesus says about it and what is being done about it. improve the situation.

“The video invites us to reflect on the relevance and importance of the gospel message in our world today in relation to the theme,” Bob McKeon, a member of the event’s organizing committee, said in a statement. communicated.

The theme specifically explores issues in the context of Matthew 25:35-40, which speaks to the need for compassion and care for a suffering world. The six stations visited throughout the video touched on topics such as hunger and Indigenous issues such as access to clean water, health inequalities and more.

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“I was a stranger and you let me in,” was the line from the third station that spoke of an inclusive community.

“I invite you perhaps to start conversations in your places of faith, inviting members of the community to share what it is like to be people of faith in our own world. We are happy that you are engaging with us and welcoming us in this way this year,” Reverend Lindsey Jorgensen-Skakum of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, who is a member of the queer community, said in the video.

The Stations of the Cross video had 299 views on YouTube by late Saturday afternoon.

The organizers said in a statement that all people concerned with social justice are invited to view the video, regardless of their religion.

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